The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 Episode 7

The Good Guy Fluctuation

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Leonard finds himself drawn towards a comely comic book illustrator. Meanwhile, Sheldon tries to scare the gang for Halloween.

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  • Best episode I have seen so far!

    My family and I still talk about this episode! It was hysterical! The ending with Sheldon is laugh out loud funny! I've saved this episode so we can watch it again and again! It is by far the best episode I have seen from this show and they have some pretty darn good episodes!
  • Best Episode from Season 5

    Entering its 5th season, and hardly any recognition, Big Bang Theory for me has been largely under-appreciated and under-rated. Some object that the humor is very specific to a certain type of (geek/nerd) crowd, but i've found the humor relate-able. Although I've hated Penny, for a while, the cast is still somewhat like-able and created a decent amount of laughter. Themed episodes (halloween, xmas etc) are usually unusual. TBBT's Halloween episode last year was no exception. Quite witty, with a few guest appearances and most of all, my least favorite character of the show (yes, Priya, Raj's very hate-able, extremely-flat-acting, sister) gets axed, finally. Sheldon spends most of the show trying pull a successful prank one of the others boys but falls short every time and gets pranked in return. Leonard walks the thin line of being faithful during a long distance relation with Priya, ultimately loses both opportunities. The funniest moment of the episode comes towards the end when Leonard ends it with Priya and realizes he should've cheated on her as well. Sheldon picks this moment to finally get his revenge and scared the crap out of Leonardmoreless
  • Quite possibly the funniest episode, ever.

    I love Big Bang Theory to bits and believe it to be the funniest thing on TV, just now.

    Sheer consistance in writing and acting have kept this series fresh.

    However, in this one, they outdid themselves by an unbelievable margin.

    ****spoiler alert****

    Straight from the start, this was out and out belly laugh fare, with Sheldon dropping like a stone on seeing Leonard's get up, after being "primed" by Raj & Howard's excellent pranks.

    I've now watched this episode into a double figure number of times and still laugh like crazy when Sheldon smacks himself in the head with the hand buzzer.

    I have absolutely no idea why some people (thefanof) didn't find this episode hilarious. I hate to think what he/she finds amusing.moreless
  • The Good Guy Fluctuation

    Look, I understand that a lot of sitcoms generate humor through bad dating experiences and despite the fact that this is a series about admittedly "losers" that they feel the need to have them in relationships, I get that, but Leonard is starting to enter Barney Stinson territory with how many ladies have shown interest in him the last year. It's not accurate, and it is not even translating to enjoyable comedy. I did welcome the addition of a new female character as opposed to the usual three stooges, that was nice, but sorry, the episode was not amusing really.moreless
  • The best episode in the season and series so far.

    This episode made me laugh so hard that by the end of the episode my face was stuck and everyone kept asking me why are you smiling and i said have you seen the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory it was so awesome the best Halloween episode of any comedy series. The guyssucceededin terrifying Sheldon but Sheldoncouldn'tscare any of the others and the most humiliating trick was the attempt to scare Raj by a snake because Raj loves snakes and he thought of the snake as if it was a dog and that was an awesome way to make Sheldon regret his decision and whileattemptingto scareHowardHowardmade him terrified and Sheldon didnt succeed until the last scene of the episode which he was under the coach and dressed as a zombie and that scaredLenard. As for Lenard i think he and Raj's sister will break up and i think that he should have suspected that their relationship wouldnt last because log distance relationships never work ever so he could have just broken up with Raj's sister by telling her he met someone else and that he thinks this relationship is doomed and then go to the other girl and she can be his next love interest because for once i like this girl and she is perfect for Lenard, i think the Lenard and Penny relationship will be back in this season or the next but for now this new girl was going to be an amazing thing in Lenard's life and i would like it if the writers brought her back in the next few episodes.moreless
Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

Leonard Hofstadter

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

Sheldon Cooper

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco


Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Howard Wolowitz

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar

Rajesh Koothrappali

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch

Bernadette Rostenkowski

Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford


Guest Star

Aarti Mann

Aarti Mann

Priya Koothrappali

Recurring Role

Kevin Sussman

Kevin Sussman

Stuart Bloom

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At the end of the episode, just as Leonard get's off the phone with Pria you can tell that he's sitting in Sheldon's spot. He never sit's in sheldon's spot.

    • In this episode, Stewart congratulates Leonard on picking up a girl at the comic book store saying "this is the closest anyone has ever come" and takes a picture of him for a "wall of heroes", however back in season 2 in the episode "The Hofstader Isotope", Stewart himself had similar success with Penny in the comic book store.

    • The mask that Leonard uses to scare Sheldon is of "Balok", a character that appeared in the Star Trek episode, "The Corbomite Maneuver".

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Kryptonian Father
      While chatting with Leonard in the comic book store, Alice mentions having a "Kryptonian Father". Krypton is the home planet of Superman, a DC Superhero. Courtney Ford, who appears as Alice in this episode, is wife to actor Brandon Routh who is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Superman in the movie Superman Returns.